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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sign of the Times



Recently I had to spend some time at one of the big medical centers SouthWest of here. Our little town has a hospital but you have to do considerable driving to get to specialists.  While I was over there I went into the men's room, and there posted under plexiglass over the mirror was this sign.

I really don't know what to make of it.  First off, I hadn't heard we had any problem with slavery here, although I'm sure ConAgra, Fieldale, and our other big chicken business people would be glad if it were brought back.  Nor have I heard of women being placed in this particular circumstance. Up here, it would be hard to keep something like that quiet and the churches would be on something of that nature like "a chicken on a June Bug."  Trying to set up a brothel in the middle of Southern Baptist country would be the equivalent of chumming up a school of sharks.

All I can think of is that this organization must post these where ever there are large concentrations of Hispanics, and this town I was in meets that criterion.  The street signs are in Spanish, the stores are hispanic, the taxis are all hispanic.  In 1986 there were no hispanics in that county at all. Today there are over 150,000 they know of.

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  1. It is accessible in 170 languages. So where are the other 168? or are they assuming the other 168 have enough working knowledge of English and Spanish to read the signs.

    steve

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    1. The whole thing struck me as weird. Especially since it costs an arm and a leg to see any of the specialists in this building. However, upon reflection I realized that the state of Georgia picks up the medical bills for illegal immigrants, unlike the medical bills of citizens, so I'm more likely to see them there than legal residents.

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  2. I'm sure it's an issue. I watched a PBS documentary about the topic once. I've never seen anything personally. I never see drug trade though either. I guess I just don't hang with the wrong crowd.

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    1. I wonder how you keep people in slavery today. What's to keep them just walking off the job, or not showing up? I hardly think they could murder somebody every time that happened. However, I frequently come up on things that at first I am sure could not happen, and then I find out they do.

      I see the gangs in this town. They wear distinctive clothing, and drive massive Hummer type vehicles, usually down the center of the lanes forcing everybody off to the side. I have only once seen someone selling dope, when I drove up a forest service road and came up on it. I just reversed and backed away as quickly as possible. There are situations where you can be Don Quixote if you are in the mood but that wasn't one of them.

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  3. A 13 year old girl from my area ran away from home recently, thinking she was meeting a 14 year old boy who promised her the moon. Luckily the police found her before the adult predator, posing online as a 14 year old boy, found her.
    That's just one of the many, many similar cases here. Minneapolis/St. Paul ranks 13th in the nation in human trafficking. At least half are runaway teenagers who are forced into prostitution. These scum of the earth predators, according to the local newspaper articles I have read, either work out of a residence or load the kids into a van and take them out of town to customers. It has gotten so bad that meetings are now being held in high school assemblies, civic and church groups to make kids and parents aware. Don't kid yourself. It's not just cities. It is suburbs and small towns as well.

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    1. It would be impossible to keep that kind of thing quiet here, and the more fundamentalist churches would burn them out or murder them. Think Taliban with a bible instead of the Koran and you get the picture. Some years back when they first built a Catholic church here it got burned down in under a week.

      I can see how it would fly iin a city or suburbia, because people there don't know each other and there are so many of them. But in rural areas there would have to be collusion , the Sheriff's Department would have to be on the take, and most important of all, the churches would have to be pacifist and non activist. I guess there are places like that in the country, where the predominant religion is not Southern Baptist so I suppose you are right.

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    2. The Baptist churches here (I was raised in one) have gotten away from the fundamentalist teachings and seem to be much more interested in the "feel good" preaching as opposed to "hell-fire and brimstone" of days past. Nobody cares as long as it isn't one of their kids. Or as long as it isn't in their back yard. I find that sad. I think I would prefer the Taliban with a Bible.

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    3. These folks here are old testament. They go by the Lex Talionis, and they don't mess around. Their religion is a living thing to them, and God is right there with them, he's not some Eye in the Sky. Ever since I had some doings (briefly) with some Christian Identity people in North Carolina, I have thought that the people most apt to really explode if the government presses them too hard are the Christian Fundamentalists. To me, it stinks when the government makes a law that forces people to behave in a manner against their religious beliefs. There has been a lot of that lately in the name of "inclusion" and "multiculturalism." But I think the judges are playing with fire. Another thing is that passing a law and making people in the hollows, coves and on the ridge obey it is something all together different. I try not to antagonize anybody around here, especially the very religious.

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  4. Other than hot Asian chicks I see no reason to keep someone as a slave. It wasn't until I got older that the Asian Chicks even seemed to mind their captivity anyway so I had to stop.

    Notice that sign isn't in Chinese either.

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    1. I wouldn't mind having some Polish slaves, like the British do. But I don't want any Hispanics. I'm not sure about Asians. I don't like people who are smarter than me. ;-)

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